Wonderment: Explorations of Jewish Mysticism through Electronic Music

June30-ForNewsletterJune 30, 2019, 8 – 10 pm (Doors open 7:30 pm), Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria — Presented by the Garden City Electronic Music Society, this electronic music event will feature ambient and atmospheric electronic explorations inspired by Jewish mysticism, presented in quadraphonic sound. Artists include Dominion of Being (Joseph Sheppard & Heather Mitchell), and Surrounded By A Radiance (David Bodrug). Admission by donation. This event is supported by grants from the BC Arts Council, Capital Regional District, the City of Victoria and the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island. For information: 236-882-2326


More from MEMORY and ESSENCE Art Exhibit

Memory & EssenceThe Memory and Essence art exhibit opened at the Calling All Artists Gala 2019. This exhibit showcases the values, ideas and stories of Jewish life seen through the lens of history. We will tell a few of the stories intermittently. Thank you to everyone who helped make this exhibit happen.
The Exhibit includes a very beautiful BRIS GOWN and CAP from Rabbi Harry’s family. Lined in satin, with lace embroidery, the gown is in perfect condition after many generations of family use.  The engraved silver BABY CUPS are cups from Janna Ginsberg Bleviss as a baby. Off to the right is a Yiddish cookbook, Tempting Kosher Dishes, belonging to Janis Diner Brinley, from 1930, put out by the B. Manischewitz company. Please come and enjoy this lovely exhibit.

Emanu-El Launches 2019 Summer Tours

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Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 12 – 1 pm, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC — Every summer, many tourists visit our beautiful synagogue, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, to explore its unique history, architecture and restoration with our  knowledgeable guide, Amber Woods.  It is a thrill to see how visitors are so fascinated by their visit to our shul. Please encourage your summer visitors to experience Victoria’s Jewish roots by taking one of our shul tours. If they wish to find out more about the Jewish experience in early Victoria, we recommend the gentle walking tour Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England.

Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tours: 2019 Summer Schedule

  • Months: June 4 – August 29, 2019
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hours: 12 pm (noon)
  • Cost: Adults: $10  Youth (aged 12-18): $5 (Cash only)
    • Free for children under 12

Quick tours (when possible) by donation.

Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England Walking Tours

  • Months: June 1 – September 8
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Hours: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $20 Seniors: $15 Students: $13 Children (6-11): $10 Families: $50
  • Location: This tour starts outside the Visitor Info Centre, 812 Wharf Street at Government Street.

Note: Tours take place rain or shine.

MEMORY and ESSENCE Art Exhibit

Teresienstadt Autograph Book PagesThe Memory and Essence art exhibit opened at the Calling All Artists Gala 2019. This exhibit showcases the values, ideas and stories of Jewish life seen through the lens of history. We will tell a few of the stories intermittently. Thank you to everyone who helped make this exhibit happen.
We are very pleased to display an AUTOGRAPH BOOK in impeccable condition from Teresienstadt concentration camp in 1945. Shown above are a few of the pages, including a concert program performed by the camp’s orchestra and featuring Alice Herz-Sommer about whom a film was made a few years ago (The Lady in Number 6).  She died at the age of 110 in 2014, she played the piano every day.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2019 Program

Speak Truth 2Saturday June 8 at 7:30 pm Congregation Emanu-El Sanctuary — Here’s the program for our all night learning.

7:45 pm—Andrew Gow:  Race, Religion and Ethnicity in the Face of Right Wing Populism: How Jews, Muslims, and People of Colour can Counter the Far Right in North America and Europe Continue reading Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2019 Program

Calling All Artists Opening Gala 2019

Barbara Pelman shows!

This year’s theme for Calling All Artists is “Memory and Essence”. At the gala the artists spoke briefly about their work which was mounted around the hall and included paintings, sculptures, poetry, and drawings. A chapbook detailing the artists’ works is available in the Simcha Gift Shop for $10.  The accompanying picture is a display of poems that Barbara Pelman presented in individual chapbooks. To view photos taken at the Gala by Penny Tennenhouse click here…